Almost two million people will undoubtedly pack the Minnesota State Fair this year to take part in the act of eating, and even though the fair boasts many attractions other than food, let’s be honest – most of us can’t wait to get our fingers on something deep fried and on-a-stick. So, are you ready to loosen your belt to make room for this year’s brand new food creations?
Before you bite down on these end-of-summer delicacies, check out how your favorite fair treats measure up in terms of calories and fat:
- Cheese curds (1 container): 1,140 calories/81 g fat
- Giant turkey leg: 1,136 calories/54 g fat
- Funnel cake (1): 760 calories/44 g fat
- Fried Twinkie (2 oz.): 420 calories/34 g fat
- Jumbo Corn Dog (1): 375 calories/21 g fat
- French Fries (25 medium with ketchup): 310 calories/14 g fat
- Mini donuts (12 donuts): 720 calories/37 g fat
- Roasted Corn-on-the-Cob (with 2 tsp. of butter): 200 calories/9 g fat
- Sweet Martha’s Chocolate Chip Cookies (1 cookie): 90 calories/4.5 g fat
As you can see, one of the main issues people have with the fair is the food is loaded with calories and fat. However, there are some ways you can be more health conscious at the fair, such as opting for water instead of pop or beer when you get thirsty.
“If you plan to sample lots of fair foods, you may want to plan on doing lots of walking while you are at the fair,” said Lorrie Laurin, Dean of Health Sciences at Rasmussen College. “Doing so will help you burn off some of the calories you take in and help to reduce your health risks.”
If you’re looking for additional ways to keep the calorie count to a minimum, Laurin adds, “Try sharing fair foods with your family and friends. This way you can sample all the treats you crave and take in half or less of the calories and fat.” And, if you’re looking for ways to check-up on a particular food’s nutritional facts while at the fair, try using mobile apps MyFitnessPal or CalorieKing.
If none of these options sound appetizing to you, embrace the fact you may be munching down on some higher-than-usual calorie foods, and try to get (and stay) healthy the other 364 days of the year.
What food are you most looking forward to chowing down on at the fair? And, are you concerned with the health factors that are connected to many fair food options? Tell us below or on our Facebook page.
Rasmussen College will also be at the Minnesota State Fair. Visit us in the Education Building at Booths 17 & 18 or follow us at the fair here.